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post #1 of 3
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Ok so i wanna make a htpc for my room so i can watch tv on my big screen. I just have a few questions.

Whats the lowest end cpu i can use that will be able to handle 1080p vids.
Is 2gb of ram enough?


I already have:

Case
400w PSU
ATI 5450 with HDMI output
Harddrive
CD drive
post #2 of 3
the new dual core ion processors will do it
2 gigs of ram is pleanty

the stuff you already have is fine
the cd drive you might upgrade to dvd or blueray just a thought you can get a dvd writer for about 19-24.00 at newegg, blueray will run you about 90-120.00
you might also want a remote for it. newegg has a Rosewell htpc remote for 19.00 (maybe less if you catch it on sale)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-004-_-Product

that would do you and be alot smaller but really
a boxee box is about the best thing i've seen for streaming video of any kind
it does dts to ac3 conversion if you dont have a dts decoder in your home theatre
it can access any shared drive on your network as well as any nas system you have
it streams all the popular internet vids and you can even build your on api apps for feeds as well
I build a htpc and then I replaced it with a boxee box when they came out
aside from not having a internal optical drive its the best media player i've used and i've used them all. my second pick is the "wd live plus"
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I will never recommend an ion. I will recommend an amd zacate, sempron and any low end newer dual core (lga775 or am3). Looks like you could be up and running for under $100. What front end you planning on using?
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Phenom II 965 Asrock 870 Extreme3 Sapphire 6850 sniper 2x4gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD blue 500gb cheap dvd-rw 7 x64 21" LG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
KA-558 Antec TP-750 NZXT Gamma MX518 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac Ripper 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Athlon II x2 240 Biostar A870u3 2x2gb gb ddr1066 Samsung h154ui 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 204ui Western Digital WD10 EADS Western Digital WD20 EARS Western digital WD2500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500gb dvd burner Windows 7 x64 Remote Desktop 
PowerCaseOther
Antec EA500-d Norco 470 Flexraid 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II x4 620 ASUS M3A78-EM 5450 G.Skil 2x2gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500gb none Windows 7 x64 46" lcd 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
RII Antec EarthWatts EA-380 Norco 420 Polk Audio Monitor50 x5 
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